The Democratic National Convention kicked off on Monday in Philadelphia, and one of the event's many celebrity guests, Demi Lovato
, got serious during her time in the spotlight.
"Like millions of Americans I am living with mental illness, but I'm lucky. I had the resources and support to get treatment at a top facility," Lovato shared. "Unfortunately, too many Americans from all walks of life don't get help either because they fear the stigma, or cannot afford treatment."
"Untreated mental illness can lead to devastating consequences, including suicide, substance abuse, and long term medical issues. We can do better. Every one of us can make a difference," Lovato urged those in attendance. "By getting educated on this epidemic and its frightening statistics, and by breaking the stigma, I urge every politician to support laws that will provide access to better healthcare, and support for everyone."
Lovato said that the fight for access to mental health services should not be a political issue, "It's simply the right thing to do."
"I'm doing my very small part by having the treatment center that saw me through my recovery on tour with me, so that at least a small group of people, even for a brief moment, can have the same support that I received," she continued. "It may not be a lot, but we have to believe every small action counts. I stand here today as proof that you can live a normal and empowered life with mental illness."
Lovato, who is currently touring North America with Nick Jonas as part of their Future Now
Tour, also threw her support behind the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton
"I'm proud to support a presidential candidate who will fight to ensure all people with mental health conditions can get the care they need to live fulfilling lives," Lovato declared. "That candidate is Hillary Clinton. Let's make her the next president of the United States of America."
After delivering her powerful message, Lovato entertained the crowd with a performance of her hit single, "Confident." The singer will return to touring on Tuesday when she and Jonas perform at the Verizon Center in Washington, DC.
Lovato has frequently gotten candid about her struggles with mental illness and sobriety. Recently, she said in an interview with American Way magazine,
"I lived fast and I was going to die young. I didn’t think I would make it to 21." Check out the video below for more on the singer's ongoing battle against addiction.